Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Volunteer of the Month: Erick Cruz!

Rebuilding Together Seattle congratulates Erick Cruz (above, left) on being Volunteer of the Month! Erick has been a long time supporter of RTS and has just completed leading one of two recent projects with Turner Construction. On January 29th, over 50 members of the Turner staff set aside time from their annual Officer's meeting to rehabilitate two Central District homes with Rebuilding Together Seattle. Erick, along with a dedicated team of Turner Seattle employees, spent a great deal of January planning the project and completing prep work to make for a successful day. Here is what Erick has to say about his experiences with Rebuilding Together Seattle:

How did you first get involved with Rebuilding Together Seattle?

I got involved as a volunteer 3 years ago, when Dan Gemme (Turner Seattle GM), who is on the RTS board, relocated from our Portland office. He is a strong supporter of RTS and kick started our involvement with the organization and community. 

What do you enjoy most about volunteering with RTS?

My favorite part of volunteering with RTS, is the interaction with the homeowners. Most notably, my favorite part is their reaction the day of the event. They truly appreciate all the hard work and are very touched at the care and thought put into the repairs of their homes.

What about the RTS mission are you most drawn to?

What draws me most to the RTS mission, is being able to give back to the community iwth the skills that I have been fortunate to acquire over the years. Many of these folkds are down on their luck and I realize the importance of lending a helping hand. I consider myself lucky in that as many of us and our families are a stone's throw away from needing this sort of help too.

What are you doing when you aren't volunteering with Rebuilding Together Seattle?

The question here is, what am I not doing? Not sleeping actually. My wife and I recently were blessed with our first son, who is now almost 4 months old. Coincidentally, I also started the evening MBA program at UW, which keeps me super busy. Oh and I also work full time as an engineer at Turner Construction :)

Thank you Erick and the Turner Team!

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Announcing the First 14 Hearts Rebuilding Homes Donors!

Rebuilding Together Seattle sends a big "thank you" to the FIRST 14 donors for this year's Hearts Rebuilding Homes Valentine's Day Campaign. These 14 people are giving the gift of a warm and safe home to families in need this Valentine's Day in honor of their loved ones!

To join these supporters, visit

First 14 Donors

David Kimelman 
Pam Madden 
Paige Schultz 
Margie Thirlby 
Mark Hall 
Jenny Whelan 
Kristen Thyng 
May Saetern 
Monica Berger 
Kari Koos 
John Lee 
Thomas Herche 
Kara Eberle 
Mary Weeks 

There are 10 more days left to participate in this year's Hearts Rebuilding Homes online campaign. Give the gift of a warm and safe home to a homeowner in need this Valentine's Day!